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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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STATED MEETING DINNER
Greetings Ladies and Brethren,
I once again would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year and hope that everyone had a joyous holiday season with friends and family.
As this is my last article as Master I want to thank the officers and everyone who filled in or participated in the degrees this past year for a job well done. After this year, I am looking forward to sitting and watching a degree instead of being a part of it.
I want to also thank the sideliners as well, because without you our work would be for naught. I also would also like to thank the wives for their advice and guidance throughout the year.
It has been an honor serving as Master this past year and I look forward to serving the lodge in the future as needed.
I am looking forward to working with Artin, Andre and Peter as well as all the other officers in making Home Lodge the best that it can be.
Fraternally from the East
Worshipful Master Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
Happy New Year Brethren & Ladies!
I want to welcome everyone back from the Holidays, and to a new Masonic year. I hope everyone enjoyed the time with family & other loved ones. This year is going to be filled with changes for Home Lodge. The Officers are planning things throughout the year that we hope you all enjoy. We’ll be starting off with a bang at Home Lodge’s 2019 Installation of Officers, with Installing Officer Most Worshipful Stuart A. Wright Grand Master of the State of California. We’re all honored to have Most Worshipful Wright take the time to preside over our Installation. As a reminder, the ceremony will begin at 4pm, Sunday January 13th 2018, with dinner to follow.
I’d like to bring attention again to our upcoming monthly Masonic Education nights, which will be conducted by Bro. Boris Linares & held on the last Wednesday of each month. Bro. Linares has put in countless hours preparing the topics & we’re also looking forward to bringing in some guest speakers as well. We love to say that “Masonry makes good men better” but Masonry merely presents us to the tools, the improvement of our moral and masonic edifices remains our responsibility. These Education Nights are tools that we’re present to you brothers, increasing and fortifying your Masonic knowledge still falls upon the individual Mason. I hope to see many of you at each meeting.
One of the events I’m looking most forward to this year is the annual golf tournament, which Wor. Estrada has graciously agreed to once again put together. This event has always been loads of fun and is followed up with a meal at one of the Valley’s best Mexican restaurants, Salsa & Beer! We will begin announcing more news and details as we get closer to the event.
Lastly I’d like to bring a special recognition to our Webmaster, Bro. Scott Weber. Scott puts in many more hours than we realize in maintaining our website, putting together these bulletins, and sending out communications for the Lodge. And speaking of the bulletin we never seem to make it any easier on him with how late we get him our articles. Scotty I know we always say we’ll get them to you earlier, but this time I mean it!
As always, brethren I implore you to join us on Wednesday nights. Receiving the degrees of Masonry are some of the most important nights of a man’s life and the more of his brothers that share it with him, the more important and memorable the night is. I’ve said it many times, but I still remember the men that I saw when I was brought from darkness to see the light Entered Apprentice Mason sees, and I strive to make that impression on every man that walks through our Lodge doors. To those great men that join us night after night, thank you, your service and dedication is noticed and appreciated. To those that haven’t join us in some time, remember the most excellent tenants of our ancient and honorable institution.
And to all, remember that there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday night than at Home.
Fraternally from the West,
Artin Aladadyan, Worshipful Master-Ele
First of all, I hope everyone had a happy holiday season and, wish everyone a Happy New Year!
I hope this new year holds many wonderful things for all our brethren, ladies, and Lodge. The new year is like getting a fresh sheet of paper to write on but, with some ink on it that’s bled through from the previous page. I say ink because life cannot be erased away as if written in pencil. So we all deal with a little bleeding from the previous year.
With that being said, I hope to learn from the previous year and make corrections. One, is getting Brother Weber my article each month BEFORE it becomes the 11th hour (I love you Scott, honestly don’t know what we’d do without you…I mean that from the bottom of my heart brother).
In addition to getting Brother Webmaster my article on time, I’m going to hold myself to a higher standard when it comes to my personal life, my professional life, and my Masonic life (which if you think about it aren’t that separate). My ritual work and temperament are my first priority to improve on this year. As an attorney and Masonic Officer these are very important. I’ve lacked this past year in both. I’m taking steps to improve both, not only for my Lodge, but mainly for myself.
But, I am going to also turn that expectation our towards my brethren and Lodge. This means towards each Officer, Past-Master, and member. We have not only duties and obligations towards our Lodge and Masonry but, we have them to ourselves as well.
I spent the majority of last year (2018) almost begging my brothers and Officers to place Lodge and Masonry in the same regard as I did. Asking many people to show up more and come to Lodge and, to help make the Lodge better. I asked for help, which many of my brothers and ladies answered. For that I am eternally grateful.
However, we say in Masonry “we take good men and make them better.” The truth is, we take good men and give them the tools and opportunity to be better. Masonry, or a Lodge, is not a factory that cranks out a product. Masonry gives you the opportunity. This opportunity is to be better than you are and were but utilizing Masonic tools.
Each man, Mason, needs to do that on their own by their own volition. It’s why, in part, we promise not to solicit our ancient and honorable fraternity to anyone. It is up to each Mason to attend Lodge and be a part of what we are doing here, whether it is a Degree or a Stated Meeting. These are opportunities to interact and take advantage of what Masonry has to offer, part of that is encompassed within each degree. It is up to you this 2019 year to take the opportunity to attend Lodge and to make yourself a part of a piece of what Masonry is.
If you’re an Officer, whether the Master or Junior Steward, your job is important for the success and longevity of the Lodge. You take on a role in Masonry, not for its title, but for its purpose. You volunteer for to perpetuate a movement of men and Masons over years to come. For example, the Junior Steward, that is all the way at the “bottom” of the line, who has no lines, appears to serve no real purpose… to many that seems like a starter position of no significances. It may even appear as someone that can be easily replaced. Wrong. That chair is the is the anchor of the line and the hope of the Lodge. He is the future of the line. He is where the Lodge will be in 7 or 8 years. He is what the Lodge is investing in. We aren’t investing in that Master who is sitting in 2019, or whatever year it may be. We are investing on those to come. We aren’t investing in Brother Artin Aladadyan, he’s already the by-product of investments Wr. Eberhardt, Wr. Weiser and, Wr. Celestre and all the other past-masters who had anything to do with his Masonic journey to the East. That investment is paying now, whatever it is paying. This is my opinion even when it comes to the youngest Entered Apprentice Mason. We must look further down, to see the future.
My point is, perspective is how we identify opportunity.
So, I do not ask any of my Brothers to attend Lodge, nor will I. I will not ask of anyone to perform any task for the betterment of the Lodge. I will only offer an opportunity, which I identify with my perspective of Masonry. Wednesday nights are a chance for us all to get to know one another, help one another, grow with one another and, to be better men and Masons. If you desire to be a part of that opportunity to grow with us, the doors of Home are always open to you. If your perspective aims you in a different direction, I wish you safe travels and hope you find what your heart desires.
With Unconditional Brotherly Love, Always.
Your Brother first,
Senior Warden - Elect,
WORSHIPFUL AARON COHEN, P.M.
ARTIN ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
FROM OUR TREASURER
FROM OUR SECRETARY
WORSHIPFUL RICHARD A. WEISER, P.M.
BROTHER PETER VOGELSANG
HOME LODGE EVENTS
Home Lodge No. 721
Free and Accepted Masons
of the State of California
Cordially invites you to attend the
2019 Installation of Officers
Installing Officer will be
MW Stuart A. Wright,
Dinner to follow
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Van Nuys Masonic Center
14750 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, Ca 91405
Tuxedo for Officers
Others Business Attire
Ladies Dress or Pants Suit
Dinner $15.00 per person
Steak or Salmon
Contact Gerard Deprest
818-980-8370 Leave Name,
Number of guests and
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2019 are $101.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2018) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2019. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2019 term are: $101.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2019:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,121.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,919.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,717.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,414.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,111.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or email@example.com.
OUR BROTHERS THAT HAVE BE RAISED TO THE SUBLIME DEGREE OF MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Christopher G. Berberian
Brother Avetis Petoyan
Brother Geronimo Legaspi
Brother Boris Lunares
Brother Anthony Hatchett
Brother Thomas S. Austin
Brother Justin Bruce
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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